Rare Canon 1200mm f/5.6 soon to be up for an auction: The world’s largest SLR AF lens

Jun 9, 2021

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Rare Canon 1200mm f/5.6 soon to be up for an auction: The world’s largest SLR AF lens

Jun 9, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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After the rare Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7, another interesting lens is soon to be up for an auction: Canon 1200mm f/5.6. Other than being rare, this telephoto monster is also the world’s longest SLR autofocus lens, and it’s an iconic one.

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According to B&H, it’s “one of the most legendary telephoto lenses ever made.” The Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM lens reportedly first appeared in 1984 at the Summer Olympics in LA. There were only five of them used by the media to cover the Games, and they had the Canon FD mount. After the Games ended, the lenses were shipped back to Japan and later converted to the EF mount. I think that this lens still remains the longest lens in the world with AF capability, but correct me if I’m wrong.

The Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM remained very rare ever since it had first been produced. It was available on special order only, and each lens was produced only after it was actually sold. There were approximately two lenses made annually because the production was painstakingly long. It took over a year to build each lens since it took a lot of time to grow the massive fluorite crystals used for its elements. Therefore, there are only around a dozen of these lenses that have ever been produced.

The lens is scheduled to be listed on Wetzlar Camera Auctions on 9 October 2021. For now, there are no predictions on the price it could reach. But concluding from the previous times it was listed for sale, I think it’s safe to assume that it will be far from cheap. What do you think, what’s the price it will reach?

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6 responses to “Rare Canon 1200mm f/5.6 soon to be up for an auction: The world’s largest SLR AF lens”

  1. Alec R. Hosterman Avatar
    Alec R. Hosterman

    I’ll bid $125,000, Mr. Barker.

  2. Juan Martin Gerardi Avatar
    Juan Martin Gerardi

    70k in 1998… 35k in advance and takes 6 month to delivery

  3. Juan Martin Gerardi Avatar
    Juan Martin Gerardi

    70k in 1998… 35k in advance and takes 6 month to delivery.

  4. Dave Wellington Avatar
    Dave Wellington

    I have used that lens. It was at a Camera store summer shoot. I just connected my Canon Rebel film camera to it and shoot a roll of film of a few distant objects. Great lens.

  5. Nerred Nermin Avatar
    Nerred Nermin

    200.000 $

  6. Ustas Art-Photographer Avatar
    Ustas Art-Photographer

    1200-1700мм